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May
20

Body and Balance (Updated)

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Loss of Balance

A loss of balance can happen even if we’re messing around with our body.

Balance can seem elusive at times and can be affected by a number of factors.

Compensations such as shoulders rolling forwards, palm facing backwards, bent knees, a slumping chest or even having a bad day can happen enough to begin to form such a posture over the long run.

Posture - Rounding Shoulders, Chest Caving In, Palm Backwards, Knees Bent, Slumped Over

This can lead to discomforts in the chest or upper back where high stress levels can put the weight of our world on our shoulders and can prevent us from reaching states of comfortable balance.

While we might attempt to straighten up, the weight of what is going in internally can continue to undermine us.

Bad life (fun) events such as being a Cleveland sport fan like I am, who for the past 50 years has lost count on the number of bad sports days can have an affect.

Letting go of bad (fun) events can be difficult since we can go to that sinking (movement and) feeling over and over.

So life and how we participate in it can affect us.

How to restore our body and balance using mindful movement

One way to restore balance is to employ mindful movement where you tap into the brain’s ability to direct an easy or gentle movement pattern.

You make the decision to do a particular movement and stay well within your comfort zone.

See, the doing of a movement is one thing.

Another is when you also pay attention to the feel or sensing of any number of movement actions taking place during the particular movement you decided to do.

Master Brain Software

When you direct the mind and body, thereby targeting the brain in a specific manner, you can enhance one of nature’s most potent acts to restore the body in order to re-balance.

This is a far different approach than regular exercise where that is more about doing.

Mindful movement is about feeling and sensing smaller movements or movement patterns while noticing certain self-adjustments of either a grand or minute orchestration of a particular movement.

You simply notice the inherent quality of your own movement taking place

Human Movement System

Since the movement system involves any number of layers of muscles and fascia – which actually has more sense receptors than the muscles – there can be a lot of information to process, be aware of, and simply explore.

This approach can augment other physical types of activities in order to rebalance our faster pace of life and give us a restoring respite to recharge in a more playful and intelligent manner.

Find Out How to Recharge Here

Plus, all of this can be done in a lazy, gentle, yet highly tuned in approach.

8 Somatics tips for the body and balance

Somatics, defined as the body experienced, covers many areas and here are some everyday useful tips you can use when you do easy, mindful movements such as somatics exercises to help restore balance.

You can also apply this to other forms of exercise too.

1. Move with the least effort

This often goes against many people’s idea of how to exercise, yet when we live in discomfort, this naturally makes more sense.

Even if you are highly active, you can pay attention to your movements by noticing your sense of effort rather than pushing with your efforts.

This has more to do with noticing the quality of movement itself.

This slight difference can make a big difference and help healing and recovery.

2. Breathe with your movement

Since we tend to go on autopilot when it comes to breathing, becoming aware of breathing and how this is impacting our sense of effort or the quality of a movement can be quite revealing.

You can use your breath differently and explore the differences it can make or mean when you shift your awareness.

You can do a movement and notice how you are breathing.

Do the same movement and hold you breath to feel or notice how this can impact the quality or feel.

Reverse your breath in terms of how you noticed yourself breathing to check in how this can affect a movement or the feeling of it too.

3. Move as a system not as a muscle

The big muscle–the brain–sends messages to the muscles and receives back information in our sensory-motor feedback loop.

Somatics Coordination Exercise - Sensory Motor Feedback Loop

When we become aware of how intimately involved our sense and level of effort is involved, that exploration can improve overall body balance since you’re tuning in to how you are connected throughout your entire body.

4. Thoughts can affect movement and impact our body and balance

As you do any exercise, choose to think a thought while feeling what muscles may be contracting in your body.

Or simply sit.  Conjure up a thought and feel how your muscles respond.

Play with an emotion and feel what happens as you move.

What does a thought or state of emotion do to what you feel and how you move?

Can you tune in your sense of muscles turning on or off during a particular movement, exercise or simply noticing while sitting or standing?

5.  Comfort is king

Any small adjustment such as using a pad or pillow can alleviate any struggle we might find ourself when it comes to positioning ourself for a movement, exercise or simply sitting.

Lean on Me Props

There’s no need to tough it out.

Even the slight adjustment of an angle or body position may be the necessary thing to do so our body can be as comfortable as possible at that moment.

This can let us more fully experience ourself rather than taking away our focus in a movement or exercise.

6.  An exercise can’t hurt us

People will tell me they tried a certain exercise or even our gentle somatics exercises and hurt themself or say – “that exercise hurt me”.

If we try to force our body (and it doesn’t have to be much of an effort), it can naturally react and pull itself back quickly since it will want to protect itself, especially if it is in an injured state or we’re early in healing.

Any random, thoughtless or thoughtful movement or exercise can turn up tension levels so pain signals can be ramped up if we over do it or rev it up too fast–even if we didn’t intend to.

Once the body has been programmed to turn up signals of discomfort, it can do so until the program gets changed.

So any arbitrary movement or exercise can seem to lead us to flinching, wincing or holding our breath, for instance.

Get Back to the Fundamentals of Movement Itself

Un-Exercise & Move Well for Life!

To learn how to re-navigate our internal terrain of our movement system successfully is where we simply go back to the fundamentals and building blocks of movement itself.

“If” we bump into discomfort during any movement, exercise or exertion, we can use that information to bring our body and balance back as quickly as possible–while figuring out where our comfort zone truly lies.

More often than not, our compensations and habits of movement get us to bump the pain switch on – even to the point of it becoming chronic so the brain will naturally turn it up, though this can be reversed with a more mindful approach.

So it’s not so much an exercise, it’s what you do and how you do it.

You can change the quality of your movement in order to successfully exercise and comfortably move about.

7.  Imagination is the least effort

In difficult times, you can use your ability to imagine a movement or exercise.

It’s highly likely you won’t hurt yourself using this approach, even though I get it–sometimes just getting to the position of a movement or exercise can be test our limits.

So to imagine or eke out even a micro-movement, this can start the process to get the brain to change the body’s negative response.

It might seem like you’re not doing much, yet this counter-intuitive approach of doing less, still wakes up the nervous system since the brain doesn’t differentiate between you imagining a movement and doing it.

Try this: Imagine a movement taking place. Then do the movement.

Unleash Your Imagination

Move with Confidence & Control

Ask yourself if what you imagined, felt like it did when you actually did the movement.

This might reveal more layers from an internal observation viewpoint and provide keys to successfully getting out of a particular body-mind jam.

Successful athletes have used imagination and visualization techniques.  You can do the same by simply visualizing and feeling to the best of your ability – what it might feel like to move by not moving.

This can become a highly interesting, focused and mindfully effortless way to regain balance in the body.

8Pain is our greatest teacher and gives us back our body and balance

In the practice of somatics exercises, you learn how to wield pain and discomfort to your advantage.

Pain is treated as a signal that you can change, intensify or dissolve since you can use the brain and body to change the output of tension levels through various feedback loops of information.

With a little practice and familiarity of a simple 3 step method which mimics one of nature’s acts to reset tension levels, negative experiences can move towards more comfort and pleasure.  Once the brain remembers that it can produce more positive feel-good sensations, you’re well on your way to restoring and maintaining balance.

Somatics Body and Balance Movements

Somatics exercises move around many themes, levels and types of pain, stiffness, discomfort, and injury all leading to increased levels of comfort.

Take control of:

• your brain and your own awareness,

• mindfulness,

• breathing,

• coordination,

• tension levels,

• comfort

• and effortless effort allows a fluid body to Move Easily and Restore Balance.

Recapturing the feelings of childlike, easy movement happens.  Kinda like coming back to memory patterns where we once did this and now have the ability to restore it or enhance it using a brain and body connection.

The brain can be programmed to bring the body back to its natural state of comfort and pleasure and you can find out more in the Gravity Werks Insiders Club where we explore conscious movement to learn more about how we work and easily move from the inside out.

Simple movement patterns which can boggle the mind and leave the body refreshed, restored and in balance for more happy days ahead!

Brain-Mind-Body Work Together

Feeling good is your natural birthright.

Yet as we age our share of aches, bumps, dings, stiff feelings and various types of pain can add up depending upon our circumstances and the activities we choose to do or not.

To reverse the accumulation of life’s hurts and recapture the full pleasure in your body on a daily basis can happen when you remind yourself to…

Move Like an Animal

Move Like an Animal Paperback

You see, all the healthy animals on the planet with a spine, tap into the brain to reset tension levels so they can move with comfort, agility and grace.

All the Healthy Animals are Doing It.  How about you?  Ready to Move Like an Animal!

The human animal can too with a simple conscious 3 step plan to get the brain, body and nervous system revitalized to restore feelings of confident comfort.

So whether we feel stiff from everyday life, work or even the games and activities you enjoy or grind our way through.

There is a natural way for the brain & body to reverse stiffness and pain so we won’t have to beat on our muscles, ice, heat or use any of those balms just in order to be able to move a little easier in the first place.

Given our present understanding of the brain and how it’s like a piece of software we can change and modify.

Brain Software to Modify & Change in 3 Steps

We’ve been able to systematize what works in nature in order to upgrade both the brain and body so it can be programmed to ease tension, pain and stiffness naturally.

In the book, Move Like an Animal, you will learn:

The 3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stiffness & Feel Pain Free

How You Can Restore Your Natural Birthright to Feel Comfortable and in Control

How Your Brain is Waiting for You to Regain Flexibility & Mobility Quickly and Easily

In what I call, the issues in the tissues, you have the ability to use your brain and body in symphony to restore and recover those lost feelings of–feeling like your self again—even if things presently continue to stay amped up, stiff or painful.

You’ll discover:

The One Key Movement to Feel Better Now

How to Relieve Stress & Tension Confidently

and Overcome Compensations which can be a Factor

In the animal world, healthy animals set themselves up daily for successful movement.

The ability to be agile, flexible and move in balance and grace is set up by the same natural neural mechanisms you too can access.

If you want to:

– Maintain comfortable mobility
– Restore natural flexibility
– and Bring back the feelings of pleasure back in your body,

Then Move Like an Animal is for you.

Feel Free Again

Through a unique, counter-intuitive approach, you can feel how to:

Loosen Up Tightness

Release Stiffness

and Feel the Binds Melt Away.

“The old traditional approach is sadly behind the times in preparing our bodies for strenuous activities and in rehabilitating the discomforts that impeded our life and competitive efforts. The new frontiers of understanding brain plasticity have given us exciting insights that can be controlled through brain-altering stimulation. This exciting application of the latest brain science will benefit healthy and recuperating people alike on all levels.”

-Timothy Berger, BA, MA, RN, ATC. Professor of Sports Science, Muskingum Univerisy

Since there may be those times when we may be guarding to protect a sore, tight or painful area.

Having the know-how to release it—is of great value when you need to let high tension levels or feelings of stress in the body simmer back down.

The Nature of Movement Itself

This is inherently different since it’s not about the range of motion – its more about the quality vs the quantity.

The quality and nature of movement itself are what is at stake to remain comfortable for life.

See, those wonderful animals have got this part down.

No quality. They’re a goner.

For the human animal, less than optimal quality can bring all sorts of types of pain and the various binds, stiffness and restrictions we can’t seem to shake in the long run.

Using a series of unique, gentle, conscious movement patterns targeting a specific part of the brain can restore childlike feelings of freedom.

All of this set up by the brain so you can remain comfortable as you age.

Even if you over do it, your brain and body can change quickly without even resorting to pills.

“A doctor gave me muscle relaxants and pain medication for a painful incident at work. Instead, I did a few movements and my pain was gone and I’m back to normal. It’s amazing, this works.”

-Debbie Elliott, Registered Nurse

Since animals know how to relax and let go of tension on a daily basis…

kitten sleeps on the back

The good news is. Your brain & body is waiting for you to tap into this same conscious power source to:

– Feel more relaxed,
– Contented,
– and Be able to sleep more easily too.

“Filled with practical advice. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to move and feel better. I will recommend this book to my clients.”

-Dr. Del Millers, author of Fitness & Spirituality

What Move Like an Animal is About

The book begins with the ‘Animal Secret’ act that even the human animal did as a baby.

Once we remind ourself of this forgotten or lost ability, the brain remembers what to do to reset similar to the way we update our computers.

Down the Rabbit Hole

The brain is described as the one big muscle working with various feedback loops you can use to reset both stiffness and pain.

Various Feedback Loops of Somatics Exercises

You’ll learn which ones those are and how to access them to return to the comfort zone.

A shift from the revved up sympathetic state to the more relaxed parasympathetic state of calm happens when you tap into the specific part of the brain

See, from a more relaxed state, the muscles are ready to be used rather than starting from a somewhat or higher rate of tension. This is what fatigues and wears a lot of us down.

We’ve lost that ability to de-rev naturally since the brain will keep certain programs running like a car idling in 2nd or 3rd gear, instead of neutral.

Compensations

In the exercise and therapy world, compensations are readily seen and can throw us off center. Even though we can figure out how to use our body. We may be struggling or use more energy un-necessarily.

Compensations can shift as tension levels abate since the muscles are more relaxed to allow the bones to fall in place so we don’t end up fighting or struggling against gravity.

Then exercise or physical activity actually becomes freer and easier.

Proprioceptive Police

Proprioception is how we feel our movement and the positions we find ourself in.

The proprioceptive police may show up with signs of mis-alignment, pain, discomfort, tightness and on-going stress which further wears us down.

“The signs of groaning to get up out of a chair, that spasm which keeps us up at night, the inability to recover like you used to, the niggling tension or stress which isn’t resolving are indicators the proprioceptive police are headed to your door.“

-Edward Barrera, Move Like an Animal

Brain Based Approach

You’ll get a birds-eye view as how this is the complete reverse to most approaches – since it is brain based.

Rather than going for range of motion, which can actually reinforce tension and keep certain brain programs in check.

Even painful events like a muscle spasm can be reverse engineered, released and restored to comfort on account of targeting the brain.

Making the Connection

Feel the Connection

Sensing, feeling and probing around gently opens insights as to how you are connected among your 17 layers of muscles and fascia.

The fascia which has more sense receptors than the muscles are part of the movement system.

When you delve deeply into the sensory-motor system, lost or forgotten connections begin to wake-up so that even sitting becomes more comfortable.

What to do about Oops, Falls, Strains and Traumas and How A Squirrel Offers a Way Out?

You’ll get to learn how a squirrel opened my eyes to the very method I was learning about and how this act can restore things in ways we may not have thought possible.

Move Like an Animal Chapter 8 Story of the Squirrel's Recovery

“In the game of soccer I enjoy, I get knocked to the ground, collide and go bump quite often. Each one of these moments is in some way a mini-trauma as the muscles will re-contract to protect. If I don’t do anything afterwards, or ASAP, the contraction patterns begin to lock-down and hold us in check.

The binding process starts.

As we age, the stiffness, the binds and high tension patterns may have been or begun as a result of some type of trauma to our body.

We can accumulate these patterns which can be layered over other traumas.

We can think of this as a temporary ongoing phenomena since the signals to hold on, keep doing their job according to the set program for many, many, many years in some cases.”

-Edward Barrera, Move Like an Animal

R-O-A-R Your Way Back

R-O-A-R Your Way Back to Move Like an Animal

To recover over any restriction (R-O-A-R).

Free up stiffness, postural or movement difficulties, niggling injuries, high tension levels and the like can be felt when you recognize how the brain is set up to serve you, so you can remain comfortable for life.

Bonus

For those of you who really want to take things another step further.

Check out the back of the book where you can get access to the free audio version of the movements.

By listening, you’ll tap into another part of the brain which will deepen your experience to heal, restore and revitalize like a human animal can.

Ready to Move Like an Animal Again

After having lived a life of chronic pain and earning the label of fibromyalgia, I can say “it feels great to have more good days than bad ones”.

It’s my great pleasure to have Amazon bestseller, Move Like an Animal, out now in paperback and digital so you too can R-O-A-R back into life and feel the full pleasure of your body returning and maintaining even as you age.

Your brain and body can feel free, relaxed and in control.

So are your ready to Move Like an Animal for the rest of your comfortable life?

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Oct
29

Twist and Shout

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Twist and ShoutBeing able to twist the spine around is enough to make some of us shout – some in the agony of pain and the rest of us with joy.

Certainly there are yoga poses where you turn the spine and pull back counter to the twist.

As one contemplates our breath and associated feelings, some people attempt to achieve greater length by trying to get more.

Twist and Shout Another Way and Lose the SMA

In Hanna Somatic Education, we use somatics exercises to engage the brain in order to affect a change of information the muscles receive.

Somatics exercises are unlike most approaches since we go at things from a brain based perspective where we use mindful movement rather than any static holding positions.

The brain, the one big muscle, can effectively reset the resting tension levels using a more delicate approach. Much like untying a knot, gently moving our tissues unlocks held tension and stiffness.

When we push a contracted area, the targeted muscles become shorter. They pull back to the known set levels. They have lost their way to neutral or rest with high tension levels. The term we use is sensory-motor amnesia (sma).

SMA, muscular stiffness, stress and high tension patterns are temporary yet ongoing phenomenons until we change things with a simple movement update using the brain’s cortex.

You are a self adjusting living organism and you can adjust the feel and sensitivity levels of your muscles so they remember their way back to neutral when you twist yourself about.

Birthright to Move Well – Twist and Shout

When I lived in the near 2 decades of chronic pain, I knew there was a way out. What I didn’t know was how to simply update the body’s movement software.

Using the brain and adjusting with what appears to be deceptively simple movement, I could live a comfortable life and take out any kinks, stiffness, stress, tension and recover from injury quickly.

Our birthright is to move well. When we get off track, we can use that space between our ears to get things back online, running smoothly once again. We can twist and shout for joy as often as we want.

Twist and Shout Class

The ability to twist our self in one direction and then another can be enhanced through conscious movement rather than arduous exercise or holding our self in position for any length of time.

If we find ourself sitting too much in a day, we can grow our spine to greater length by doing a few simple easy movements which may seem initially challenging until our brain remembers to inform the muscles to let go.

Surely they will… and you can twist and shout about it.

This week, I’ll be offering an online somatics exercise class where all you have to do is listen and follow along. You can join me live or get the replay.

You’ll learn one amazing somatics exercise pattern to counter what our back keeps encountering… its gradual decline and shortening.

In a few minutes, you can:

• feel taller, straighter and longer
• feel the back relaxing
• and have greater mobility so movement itself is freer

C’mon and twist and shout with us.

Apr
22

Wall of Fame

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I didn’t exactly make the Hall of Fame, yet I managed somehow to survive the nearly 20 years of fibromyalgia (chronic pain) and make the Wall of Fame at the University of Texas.

The Wall of Fame houses the pictures of students who won various intramural sports competitions.

Little did we know we were headed for the Wall of Fame

Back in ’79, amidst the days of unrest of the Iran hostage crisis, the last 11 guys who didn’t make the soccer team formed an intramural team.

We beat our fellow University of Texas club soccer team in the semis and played against a raucous crowd of Middle Eastern students in the finals. We had to go to a penalty shoot-out to win the coveted burnt orange t-shirt.

University of Texas Wall of Fame T-shirt

Wall of Fame Then and NowThe celebration lead to my dorm room where there happened to be a very large bottle of spirits that we managed to finish off early in the morning. Somehow I made it through the 3 final exams the next day. Ah, to be young again.

My playing days got interrupted with what at the time seemed to be mysterious chronic pains. Eventually, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia gave me something to wrap my mind around during that nearly 2 decade struggle.

Fortunately I came out of it and learned very valuable lessons to pass onto others.

The University recently sent a Wall of Fame t-shirt commemorating our efforts. In a box, I discovered I had the original t-shirt we won in ’79.

Wall of Fame Moves

In those days, I was taught to stretch. It was something I never liked to do even though I would go for nearly 2 hours per day during my bouts of chronic stiffness and pain. Fibromyalgia was a 24/7 event.

Years later, I became a Hanna Somatic Educator and gave up my stretching ways and learned about the marvelous ways we can reset our muscles through the natural process of a pandiculation.

This simple reset brings our muscles to rest, lets us lose our stiffness, decreases tension and by magic, releases our physical pain.

There is really no magic about it. All it takes is 3 simple steps. Done with a gentle, easy conscious awareness. Our brain will reset muscles back to rest for comfortable movement.

Please join me either by phone or online this week as I offer some Wall of Fame moves where you’ll learn to release the inner leg muscles (groin), chest, diaphragm, and waist.

As we get older, we can move with greater ease. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle, at least this Wall of Fame individual knows it to be true and so can you.

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Learning to get out of physical pain is easy once you have the somatics know-how. Mastering the art of moving well takes time since we have to develop our ability to do so although our brain can quickly make changes in our movement system.  For instance, recovery can happen quite quickly when your nervous system can turn the switch “on” to relaxation.

A difficult somatics move

Somatics BookIn the book Somatics, by Thomas Hanna, there is a very interesting movement to release the hips, legs, knees, ankles, back and as far up as the neck.

The pattern is one of inversion and eversion of the ankles and how that relates to the knees, hips and back.

While this pattern may take some time to learn or readjust the movement system.  The practice and effort is worthwhile to improve walking and recover quickly from the mishaps in life.

Like all things such as fine wine, time spent mastering movement is necessary.  However,you can simply imagine particular movement sequences and reap tremendous benefits.

When I first learned this particular somatics exercise, I was in agonizing knee pain. This remarkable pattern caused great consternation on my part. It felt as if my leg or knee was going to break.

Treating this movement as exercise was a sure fire way for me not to break through learning how to simply move instead of trying and pushing with all my efforts in vain and pain.

Why did I make a somatics move so hard?

Coming from the exercise world of pushing, straining, going to exhaustion and breaking myself down, built in a pattern of doing things from the types of physical activities I had been trained in.

To change the habit of movement required I had to tone it down, way down. My muscles were locked-up although I could compensate around that. When the knee gave, this was the beginning of a new chapter and suprise, one where I had to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again by rewiring the nervous system since I had reached an end.

When we brace, it doesn’t take much to fire off a painful signal. Learning how to de-tune an amplified pain response gets our attention.  You can begin to revitalize the movement system rather than push against the wall of pain you may face.

In time as I explored this movement, I came to love it once my brain un-locked the pathways so the body could move easily and understand the many ways we can hurt or better our self.

“An exercise in and of itself cannot hurt us.”

It’s how we unconsciously or habitually move or try to accomplish things with our body which feeds back its signal of pleasure or pain.  The richness and variety for which we have many verbal descriptions for.

Somatics Blow Off Class

This week I am teaching an online class where you can get join me live or get the replay of the somatics movement many people blow off.

Why do I know this? My very own clients tell me that they’ve shirked it or found it hard to do by looking in the book, so this is why I recorded a version of it and you can learn by listening and following along.

When we apply the simple somatics system with a helpful guide and we’re interested in learning, success happens and the knees, hips, back and neck simply ache less.  Recovery is minutes away.  Feeling great is simply a matter of retuning your movement system.

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    Next Tuesday, February 7 at 8am (pst) I’ll be appearing on Susan Rich Talks, Blog Talk Radio Show, Rich and Gluten Free.

    While I’m a big fan of a gluten free diet, we’ll be talking about living pain free, getting rid of our aches, and losing stress & stiffness as we successfully age using an approach noted as far back as 1680.

    Blog Talk Radio – Women 4 Women Network

    As the guy who lived with the so-called women’s disease (fibromyalgia), I’m grateful to be asked to be appear on the Women 4 Women Network. They are empowering women both in business and life.

    Eduardo Barrera appears on Women for Women Network Blog Talk Radio

    3 Steps to Getting Out of Pain on Blog Talk Radio

    I’ll share the 3 simple steps it takes to change those painful signals to ones of pleasure so you can get back to doing what you want again with your body.

    You’ll learn some moves you can do. All you have to do is listen and follow along and feel yourself in the 3 step process of what is known as somatics exercises.

    Blog Talk Radio and the Divorce Counselor for Stretching

    When I was told to stretch to keep myself limber, little did I know I was actually taking myself backwards – even though I spent as much as 2 hours per day doing it, thinking this would help limber me up.

    Whew, I had to come through the looking glass with regards to stretching and helping people find their way to aging gracefully. See you on Susan Rich’s blog talk radio show.

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    Dec
    12

    Letting Go

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    The art of letting go

    Letting go of tight, restricted, stiff, tense muscles is easier said than done.

    While the advice to just let go sounds like a good idea, our muscles may have
    forgotten how to relieve the tension and remain tight as a drum.

    It’s possible our muscles have forgotten the art of letting go.

    Letting go of muscular tension

    When we were young we could easily bound down a hill. Today, as an adult so many of us brace our way down the hill or stairs instead of easily letting go.

    When we begin an activity from a place of already being contracted, we accumulate more contractions and move further away from letting go of the muscular tension we’ve added.

    When we are in pain, we are often wary. If we happen to stretch a contracted area, then the brain will send a message to re-contract afterwards. Things tighten up once again and letting go doesn’t happen.

    Even in a traction device, our muscles will re-contract afterwards so hanging upside down to lengthen muscles may feel temporarily good, yet the brain will do what it does to reset the muscular tension levels back to its set points.

    Instead, if we consider our self as a self-adjusting organism, we don’t need any contraptions or devices, just our self and gravity since this is the field we happened to have things go awry in.

    In the practice of somatics, we aren’t necessarily focusing on the muscles, we are working with the lines of communication from the brain to the muscles. The pathways or information from brain to muscle is where we play and change both the brain and body.

    When we experience a painful signal – this can be our greatest teacher since we can locate a movement above, below, to the right or left or forwards/back of it – which we can release by being careful.

    Regaining the ability of letting go

    If you believe you can improve yourself, we know today from neural plasticity, the brain and thus the body can change itself.

    With a little know-how we can relearn the lost art of letting go.

    By easing our way into greater range of motion rather than force, we’ll end up being stronger simply by letting go. If we push it, our brain will naturally re-contract the muscles.

    To go easy is like untying a knot gently. If you tug too tightly, the knot will tighten.

    Please join me in Letting Go which offers you the fun, simple moves done in a different way of focusing on movement and using the brain to reset our muscles naturally back to deep levels of relaxation and comfort.

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      May
      28

      Exercise and Pain part 3

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      Exercise and pain is not how it’s supposed to be.

      You can get 100% out of physical pain and stiffness, the way nature intended for us to get out of pain, not by exercise but by un-exercise the way animals do.

      Exercise and Pain is not the way to go.

      Immobility and bracing doesn’t have to be the way.

      • Without drugs
      • Without surgery
      • Without any special equipment

      You can naturally get out of pain and discomfort as simply as healthy animals do to move comfortably.

      The secret of what healthy animals do to stop pain has been systematized for our benefit.

      To heal agonizing muscles for good without surgery and without medication can be achieved with an un-exercise system.

      Exercise and pain is not the animal way.

      Using three simple steps that is similar to what cats and dogs do every day is the secret which will unlock the way out of a painful recovery and give us back the ability to walk easily for instance.

      To be comfortable in long car rides or to go skiing once again, even after they’ve told you, you won’t be able to do it… is what they don’t know. There is a natural way out of pain.

      If we experience exercise and pain, we’re moving further away from our natural birthright of moving easily and comfortably.

      Living Pain Free is easy and instead of exercise and pain as we know it, we can un-exercise our way out of it.

      We can follow Fido’s lead since animals un-do stiffness and immobility all the time yet no one really notices or pays attention to what it means for us human animals.

      This little known animal secret comes with a $5 word called a pandiculation. When you do it, you can move like a tiger again and feel how exercise and pain no longer go hand in hand.

      It’s simply a matter of un-locking the code of stiffness without all the fancy equipment. We’re already endowed with a brain which can un-do pain and stiffness.

      Getting to the other side of exercise and pain

      All you need is you and Gravity to live pain free. Moving freely in the field of gravity is easy with a little animal know-how.

      If gravity isn’t working for you. You already know the pain of living in it. There is a way out of this misery. Simple, easy animal moves shows us the way out instead of exercise and pain.

      If we’re living with the frustrations and limitations that pain brings, healthy animals know the easy way out.

      To un-do physical pain right it its tracks is to un-exercise.

      To get immediate relief from pain… with a little practice as healthy animals do, you can move easily again.

      Exercise and pain is not what animals do. To move like a cheetah and get immediate relief from pain, all it takes is a little animal know how and the pain is gone.

      don't have a cow with exercise and painSimple things like a back spasm is easily set right once you know what healthy animals know. Don’t have a cow, get relief.

      When is the last time you saw a cheetah pull a hamstring or get into a back spasm?

      You can discover how animals know-how to move freely by using an un-exercise system known as somatics exercises which gets us out of pain.

      After you try the animal secret, you might think differently about exercise and pain.


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      Back to the question of ever seeing a cheetah or dog in back pain let alone ever seeing one pull a hamstring?

      How does another animal tell the other one… wait, I just pulled a hammie… would you eat someone else today?

      Unlike our fellow animals, we wouldn’t eat each other at a sporting event or when we merely move quickly enough to feel the pain of a muscle spasm and go down and out.

      So what in the heck is it that animals know? What is their secret for not pulling a hammie?

      There’s a little known animal secret that cheetahs, cats, dogs and pretty much every animal with a spine knows…

      But every human intuitively understand it… even babies in the womb get it…

      It’s odd how we really don’t know about it and use it to our advantage… otherwise, the statistic that some 70-85% of Americans have experienced back pain in their life is high when you consider that it happens even if you are exercising too…

      Did you know… that you can un-do pain and muscle spasms with a relatively little known healthy animal secret?

      There’s no mystery to transforming the root cause of physical pain and agony… you know that one of pulling a hamstring or getting taken out by a back spasm.

      Once we understand there is a natural way for a human being to get back on track and be as well as any healthy animal.

      Just like animals, we’ve got a similar movement software system built in… yet we don’t access it.

      We have forgotten to access our movement software and update it… simply, easily and effortlessly.

      Why have we forgotten?

      As a human, we’ve evolved in ways where we’ve undermined our self, since we’ve basically forgotten this most natural ability…

      How to move like an animal and reprogram our movement software. By doing this, muscles move comfortably.

      While this might sound like a lot of work, it actually isn’t, in fact…

      What’s ironic is that we had this programming down pat as babies in the womb. As adults, it’s as if we went into a sensory motor amnesia of sorts.

      We’ve merely forgotten to remind our nervous system of its capacity so our brains just check out. You’ve heard the term, don’t use it, lose it.

      Somewhere inside each of us, is what I call our lost movement files. Like childhood memories, youthful movement isn’t lost, it’s forgotten and the brain waits for us to access these long since forgotten ways.

      Healthy animals…on the other hand practice what we think is a secret, yet this is what points a clear path away from those painful muscle spasms… the stiffness we sense… and the built up muscular tension which ties us in knots.

      Check back on a future post as I’ll talk more about exercising and having pain. The healthy animal secret points the way out of pain and muscle spasms. In the meantime, you can find out for yourself how to move like a healthy animal again.


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      Learning to play with technology was introduced to me just a few years ago when my kids thought it was weird I didn’t have an ipod… little did I know I would soon have a website, and even a twitter account – for reasons still a mystery.

      Whether you’ve been experiencing back pain, hip pain, neck pain, etc… you can take care of it at home.

      For some time, I’ve been working with fabulous people all over the world offering private online somatics one on one sessions… all in the comfort of home.

      Online Somatics at home This compliments the ongoing online classes which are also offered.

      From my experience providing online webinars where you watch a presentation and follow it with some live somatics movements… combining the low techiness of somatics with a computer has been a revelation.

      In fact, doctors are now using this approach too.

      Cisco has been teaming up with them. They’ve discovered this is a highly effective approach which works well for many people.

      All you need to do is answer an email and your computer does the rest, otherwise we can use the Free Google Video interface, Skype and if you happen to have a mac, we can use Facetime.

      For those of you on the go, we’ve even done it over an iphone too while away from home.

      Your initial session includes a health background intake.

      Followed by:

      • A posture assessment

      • Movement sequences specifically tailored to your needs and concerns

      • And you’ll receive an audio recording of the easy movements you did, so you’ll know exactly what to do

      • + You’ll have access to a private members only area with videos and written files to further enhance your progress.

      Press here to schedule a private video session.


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